Early Friday (Oct. 24) morning, Reba McEntire went on social media to share the sad news her father had passed away on Thursday night.
With a photo of her father Clark on a horse, in a white cowboy hat, she posted this:
Daddy passed away last night in Coalgate, OK at 11 pm CST. He had been in the nursing home for a while and we’re very thankful he is not suffering anymore. He was a born and bred cowboy through and through. He had been sick for 5 years. It makes total sense to me, he always told us kids never to run your horse to the barn. He was just taking his time to go on home.
Clark McEntire had had a stroke in 2011, right around the same time his daughter was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
“Just want to let you all know that my Daddy is back home after a long stint in hospitals and rehab,” she tweeted at the time. “Thanks so much for all your prayers.”
Mr. McEntire, 86, was a world champion steer roper and was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1979, according to the Tulsa World newspaper . That same year, his daughter released “Daddy,” a song she wrote just for him.
“He worked real hard,” she sang. “And roped real good.”